Main Content Region

Course Descriptions

PREREQUISITE COURSES (3 Units)

2 Required Courses

CJUS 1101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (3 units)
A descriptive overview of the adult and juvenile justice system, from the commission of crimes and offenses through sentencing and appeal procedures. Criminal justice standards and goals and the relationship of the social and behavioral sciences to criminal justice will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in criminal justice or social work.
CJUS 1102. Criminal Law (3 units)
Historical development of criminal law and its contemporary application. Focus on the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system.

UNIVERSITY-REQUIRED COURSES (15 Units - 18 Units)

5 - 6 Courses, depending on a students' schedule and prior course completion

Upper-Division General Education (UDGE) - 9 Semester Units

  • UDGE - Natural Sciences - SSCI 3325 (Perspectives on Gender)
  • UDGE - Arts & Humanities - PHIL 3001 (Topics in Philosophy)
  • UDGE - Social Sciences - SSCI 3316 (Race & Racism)

Writing Intensive Courses - 6 Semester Units

  • University Writing #1 - SSCI 3060 - Expository Writing for the Social Sciences - 3 Units
  • University Writing #2 - MGMT 3500 - Applied Communication - 3 Units

Diversity & Inclusion Designation - 3 Semester Units

  • As needed, students will have this requirement fulfilled by:
    • SSCI 3316 - Race and Racism - 3 Units
    • SSCI 3325 - Perspectives on Gender - 3 Units
    • or
    • CJUS 4451 - Women & Crime - 3 Units

Global Perspectives Designation - 3 Units

  • Fulfilled by SSCI 3316 - Race and Racism - 3 Units

CORE COURSES (21 Units)

7 Required Courses

CJUS 3311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 units)
Introduction to scientific methodology and research designs used to conduct basic and applied research in the criminal justice field. Emphasis on scientific operationalization, survey methodology and concepts of evaluation design. Prerequisite: CJUS 3320.
CJUS 3312. Statistics in Criminal Justice (3 units)
Introduction to statistical reasoning and social science statistics commonly used in criminal justice. Includes descriptive, inferential and predictive statistics, with emphasis on interpretation rather than calculation. Prerequisites: CJUS 3311 and MATH 1110 or 1115 or equivalent.
CJUS 3320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency (3 units)
Causes of crime and delinquency with emphasis on sociological factors.
CJUS 3330. Correctional Theory and Institutions (3 units)
Explores the history and theory of punishment; overview of history of correctional institutions; analysis and evaluation of contemporary institutional corrections; and consideration of research concerning correctional institutions.
CJUS 3340. Police and Police Systems (3 units)
Analysis of police, police systems and the police role; limitations imposed on law enforcement in a democratic society in accordance with the Constitution; problems affecting crime control and the interdependence of police and community.
CJUS 5598. Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice (3 units)
Overview and integration of major issues in criminal justice. Cannot be counted toward the MA in Criminal Justice; however, it is a prerequisite for graduate students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Limited to senior and graduate students. Prerequisites: CJUS 3311 and 3320.
SSCI 3060. Expository Writing for the Social Sciences (3 units)
Writing on topics related to the social sciences, including documented research reports, summaries and analytical papers. Revision and rewriting will be required. Course fulfills the graduation requirement in writing proficiency. No more than one of the expository writing courses (EDUC 3060, ENG 3060, HUM 3060, MGMT 3060, NSCI 3060, SSCI 3060) may be taken for credit.

ELECTIVE COURSES (18 units minimum)

6 Required Courses

In addition to program requirements, all students must complete a total of 120 semester units to graduate. Students may take additional electives offered by the CJ Online program to complete the unit requirements. 

As courses are offered, students will be able to indicate their preference in the following elective options: 

All courses below are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. 

  • CJUS 1106 - Introduction to Criminal Investigation
  • CJUS 3304 - Criminal Procedure
  • CJUS 3350 - Intelligence and Crime Analysis I
  • CJUS 3354 - Victimology
  • CJUS 3370 - Law and the Courts
  • CJUS 3470 - Crime Prevention
  • CJUS 4430 - Correctional Administration
  • CJUS 4431 - Community Corrections
  • CJUS 4435 - Correctional Counseling
  • CJUS 4440 - Police Administration
  • CJUS 4441 - Community Policing
  • CJUS 4451 - Women and Crime
  • CJUS 4452 - White Collar Crime
  • CJUS 4453 - Gangs
  • CJUS 4455 - Forensic Profiling
  • CJUS 4460 - Drugs and the Criminal Justice System
  • CJUS 4462 - Domestic Violence
  • CJUS 4465 - Hate Crime & Law Policy
  • CJUS 4466 - Justice and the Media
  • CJUS 5506 - Wildlife Crime
  • CJUS 5508 - Preventing Crime in Transportation Systems
  • CJUS 5550 - Intelligence and Crime Analysis II
  • CJUS 5554 - Terrorism
  • CJUS 5555 - Homeland Security
  • CJUS 5556 - Transnational Organized Crime
  • CJUS 5560 - Crime Pattern Detection
  • CJUS 5570 - Crime in Public Spaces
  • CJUS 5571 - Social Network Analysis
  • CJUS 5580 - Juvenile Justice
  • CJUS 5585 - Life Course Criminality
  • CJUS 5903 - Topics in Criminal Justice